Fix Chromebook touchpad doesn't work
First, ensure there is no “
juice spill, i
ce cream or
food stuff” sticking to the touchpad. Gently wipe the touchpad with a clean damp cloth, wipe or paper towel.
If your touchpad still doesn’t work, try these steps:
- Make sure there is no dust or dirt on the touchpad.
- Press the Esc key several times.
- Drumroll your fingers on the touchpad for ten seconds.
- Turn your Chromebook off, then back on again.
If you tried the above steps or don’t find this utterly helpful, you can still reset your Chromebook hardware and resolve touchpad issues with a hard reset. In some cases, you might have to thoroughly wipe your Chromebook touchpad or
restart the device before proceeding with the hard reset or reach out to a technician for further support. Perform a hard reset.
*How to use your Chromebook touchpad
Use the onscreen simulator to learn how to use your touchpad
|Move the pointer||Move your finger across the touchpad.|
|Click||Press or tap the lower half of the touchpad.|
|Right-click||Press or tap the touchpad with two fingers. You can also press Alt, then click with one finger.|
|Scroll||Place two fingers on the touchpad and move them up and down to scroll vertically, or left and right to scroll horizontally.|
|Move between pages||To go back to a page you were just on, swipe left with two fingers. To go forward to a page you were just on, swipe right with two fingers.|
|See all open windows|
To see all open windows, swipe up with three fingers. To close it, swipe down with three fingers.
|Close a tab||Point to the tab, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.|
|Open a link in a new tab||Point to the link, then tap or click the touchpad with three fingers.|
|Switch between tabs||If you have multiple browser tabs open, swipe left or right with three fingers.|
|Open or close overview||To open overview, swipe up with three fingers. To close it, swipe down with three fingers.|
|Switch between virtual desks||If you have multiple desks open, swipe left or right with four fingers.|
|Drag and drop||Using one finger, click and hold the item you want to move. Drag the item to its new spot, then release your finger.|